There was a time when getting shutout of the medal parade at the world track and field championships was expected, not so for the current collection of Canadians who have been calamity stricken.
Medal contending sprinter Andre DeGrasse appeared destined to meet and perhaps defeat Usain Bolt in a 100 metre showdown that could have been Degrasse's coming out party. A torn hamstring prevented his date with destiny.
A achillies tendon injury has put Olympic and World Champion high jumper Derek Drouin on the sidelines while many others have spent more time in the bathroom than the London track with a stomach virus.
Aaron Brown recovered in time to run a season best while winning his heat in the 200 metres, but was then disqualified for a lane violation, while defending champion Shawn Barber finsihed eighth in pole vault amid technical troubles that also plagued him at the London Olympics.
Let's hope if there is a Canadian shutout, it comes on the ice at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka hockey tournament, meaning this country's string of bad luck on the track has run its course.